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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Cal for Nov. 28
« on: November 30, 2011 at 12:42 AM »
28 weeks today, 3 weeks in on 10 weeks bedrest.  Had appt today, measuring lots of fluid so looks like GD, had the test this afternoon.  Cervix down to 3.76 cm but Dr. not worried yet.  Have an appt next week and hoping to not make a trip to L&D this week.  Contractions seem to be staying at bay so fingers crossed.  Next goal 30 weeks for another round of steroids.  Hang in there everyone!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Positive Appt
« on: November 29, 2011 at 09:20 PM »
Well finally saw my OB today and overall she was very positive.  Baby is great but I have a lot of belly is measuring 34 while I"m at 28.  So she thinks we get to throw GD into the mix.  Cervix is still closed, no funneling but soft and now at 3.76cm  we were 4.6 a week and a half ago.  She's not worried because we're still nice and thick.  So we're still on bed rest and contraction control thinks we'll make it to 30 and even 35.  I have renewed hope we may doge hospital bed rest.  Hope everyone is hanging in there.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 22 weeks now - bed rest at home
« on: November 29, 2011 at 07:25 PM »

I'm 3 weeks in on on my bedrest and have a 4 yr and 18 month old.  The first week was the absolute worst but now we've gotten into a routine that has helped.  We watch a lot of Nick Jr. type shows, basically its on until daddy gets home.  I have a box next to me with remotes, water, sippy cups, bottles, diapers, wipes, and a brush.  We color and do sticker books.  The 4 year old understands that we're keeping the baby in mommy's tummy and she needs to be a big helper.  Daddy takes her out shopping and for special treats and I make sure I spend some cuddle time with each one every day.  Our family is wonderful and comes over a couple of times a week and our church is bringing in meals.  A number of people have also volunteered to take the kids for me in the afternoon so I'm setting that up right now. 

As for you not going crazy my wonderful husband gave me an early Christmas present in a laptop so I can shop, work (I"m a home based travel agent), make baby registry's, and play games.  I got a city building game that can occupy me for a few hours.  I can also work on scrapbooks on Shutterfly.  Many others learn to knit or crochet.

My best advice is to take the help offered, make little milestones and celebrate them, and keep a positive attitude.  Though it seems like forever now its really only temporary.

Angelwalsh,  I am 28 weeks today and have had two positive ffn the first at 25 and the second 27 so its possible to hang on even after a positive test.   I've been contracting since 8 weeks and preterm labor/bedrest at 25 been rest since with 7 trips to L&D to get things under control.  I hope you can find a Dr. soon but hang in there, I was dialated to 5 with my first for a few days before a routine check up and she told me I was in labor.  Sorry no help with the funneling...something I've managed to avoid knock on wood.  Just stay down and relaxed, a RN friend of mine said that if you relax and envision your babies growing it can help.  Its helped keep me calm anyway.  Keep us posted.

Well we landed in L&D for the 6th time last night and after checking my cervix was told I was VERY soft but thankfully still closed...2.5 weeks ago I was firm and closed.  I see my OB Tues and she'll measure, last week we were at 4.6...hoping that hasn't changed yet.  We've had 2 positive FFN so the Dr. said it was only a matter of time before they keep me for constant monitoring and heavy duty contraction control.  I am mentally preparing to be sent in Tuesday after my appt if things don't look good.  I'll be 28 weeks tomorrow...huge milestone and next is 30 for the next round of steroids.  I just seems to be full blown pre term labor, and it seems the contractions are starting to do something and getting more intense/painful.  I asked for a cerglage but was told I was way past that point. 

So I need to know what to pack and how to prepare my little ones 4 and 18 months.  I will take a bag for me and some toys for them for when they come see me but I"m lost as to what to  bring.

Also DH is preparing for FMLA at work, anything we need to know about that?  Or worth putting them in day care to keep him working longer?

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 27 Weeks and new here
« on: November 24, 2011 at 12:14 AM »
We're having our second boy, and unless we find something else before he comes his name will be Bryce.  The way I've handled the guilt about getting pregnant  is if we hadn't I would always regret not having or at least trying for a 3rd.  That would have lasted the rest of my life and this is temporary. 

Fingers crossed I'm trying to make it to Tuesday's OB visit without a trip to L&D, I did talk with them today and got my marching orders for the holiday.  More than 6 in and hour and in I go.  Almost to 28!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 27 Weeks and new here
« on: November 23, 2011 at 02:12 PM »
My other 2 are doing better than I thought they would.  Like me they have good and bad days, Monday's are the worst after daddy has been home all weekend.  We watch a lot of Nick Jr. and Netflix for them and I try to give some cuddle time.  I have found keeping them in a good routine does the most good.  DD is in preschool a couple of days a week so she gets out of the house and has fun.  She's also a super helper, she's 4 and understands that mommy is keeping the baby in her tummy.  DS is starting to get a bit of cabin fever, the only time he's been out is when we go to the hospital or to take his sister to preschool.  This weekend should help we're going to my parents for dinner, I am being moved from our couch to theirs.

The medicine has taken some getting used too but I figure it can't be worse than having him out too early.  Last night was the first time they gave me the T one and it made me super shaky and loopy.  The first time they gave me morphine becuase I had tensed up so much that they needed to get me totally relaxed.  I've gotten over feeling silly every time we have to go in, oddly vindicated when they see the contractions.  Makes me feel better that I'm not nuts and its not all in my head.  I am very thankful that the cervix is holding shut despite his best efforts to punch his way out...literally he's punching the exit point.  I just don't understand what is triggering the contractions so much, last night they said it was part my uterus not wanting a baby in it anymore and another now much he was moving...upsetting the bowels and bladder which in turn causes more contractions.  Our biggest fear is when they decide to keep me there, which I'm waiting for, I take a bag every time just in case.  We are so close to 28 and 30 I wouldn't be surprised if they keep me just to get me to that point.
I know what you mean by getting pregnant again, my DH was ready to be done but I wanted one more.  I have endometriosis pretty bad and was to the point where I wasn't functioning/on the couch crying for a week every month, our OB said we need to get it out but if we wanted more kids we had to do it now...we weren't even sure we'd be able too becuase of where the lesions were.  I never in my wildest dreams thought it'd be like this.  This will all be worth it when he get here safe and healthy. 

It sounds like your due about the same time and we are, what are you having?  How are your kiddos holding up?  How are you doing?  Hang in there, we're almost to 28!  Then onto 30!  I can have another round of steroids at 30.   My goal is 35, we weren't supposed to make it past that point anyway.  That and our next door neighbors are pregnant too with a boy and are due mid Jan, we figure we'll go the same time :).

What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 27 Weeks and new here
« on: November 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM »
They got a wake up call last night when I landed in L&D again...5th time.  It took a shot of something that started with a T and upping the Calcium blocker to every 6 hours before we got them back under control.  Still long and closed and little man is kicking up a storm.  We're also going to get more help from church.  It will be nice to have DH home for the next few days with the holiday.

I've had to get over the 'feeling stupid' thing, I felt like I was calling at every little thing and totally melted down when my OB told me to go in last week because I felt like every time we went in there was nothing wrong...even though I had a postitive FFN on the last visit and they picked up contractions, but your right its not worth it.  For me the difference between BH and contractions are how long they last and how intense they are, they aren necessarily painful just really tight and last anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute plus.  If you have a smart phone or i pad type of device download a contraction timer.  Mine times, averages, and has the complete history so when I show up in L&D I can show them. It even has a place where I can add notes so if one is really intense or different I can make a note.  Hang in there!

What's Your Story? Tell us. / 27 Weeks and new here
« on: November 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM »
Hi my name is Chelsey and I'm 2.5 weeks into my 10 week bedrest.  This will be our third little one and the first one that I've had so much trouble with.  Our second had 2 early trips to L&D with contractions but never anything to worry about.  He came at 36 and 4 with no issues.  So we knew going into this one he's probably come early, our OB predicted 35/36.  I had to go in at 22 weeks with contractions but was just taken off of work and told to take it easy.  However everything went nuts at 24 weeks ago when I started contracting again.  At the hospital we got a positive FFN.  I was kept over night to get things under control and am now home on bedrest.  I"m taking a lovely calcium blocker 3 times a day, which makes me sick, sleepy, dizzy, and loopy.  Tough with a 4 and 1.5 year old but worth it to keep him in.  A brightspot is my cervix is 4.6/5 with no funneling depending on what Dr. is doing the ultrasound.  Little man is also measuring a week ahead of his due date and is very healthy.  The explanation for the pre term labor I was given was "your uterus doesn't like having a baby in it" and he's super active...literally using his exit point as a punching bag. 
Its been a tough couple of weeks, right after everything happened the family rallied and I had someone here every day...since then everyone's slipped back into normal life and I honestly feel like I"m twisting arms to get people out to help.  We need help but I don't want to force them to come out here.  I've been to L&D twice since then for labor checks the last time my dose of the blocker getting uped.
Its just nice to find somewhere where other women are going thru the same thing, its hard to talk with others who aren't in the same situation.  I don't want to worry the parents or in laws and my husband has enough on his plate with work, taking care of me, the house, and the kids.

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